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City of Philadelphia

Public Nuisance Task Force

  • PNTF consists of prosecutors assigned to different geographic regions of the City. Callers may choose to remain anonymous. Once they receive a complaint, the specially assigned Assistant District Attorney will usually send an official letter of warning to the owner of the residence or business in question to advise them of potential violations of the Controlled Substances Act, the Liquor Code, or other laws or ordinances that may have occurred on the property.
  • If the suggested steps are not taken, PNTF may seek to abate the nuisance through legal measures, negotiation, and/or referrer the issue to other City law enforcement or administrative agency.
  • Prosecutors assigned to specific regions update community groups or citizens complaining of nuisance activity on the progress of specific cases and to gather more information to assist in their investigations.
  • Some nuisances cannot be properly addressed by PNTF. These include neighborhood disputes, abandoned vehicles, abandoned houses, and vacant lots.  In such cases, PNTF attorney will refer any complaints to the appropriate City agency – such as the Department of Licenses & Inspections, the Health Department, or the Human Relations Commission for further assistance.
  • Any property that is forfeited pursuant to an order of the Philadelphia Court of Common Please is typically sold at auction to the public with the goal of improving the quality of life in the community. 
  • To report a drug house, a nuisance property, or for more information, please call PNTF’s 24-hour hotline at 215-686-5858. Callers may choose to remain anonymous.